We’re all eating a little differently these days: Cooking at home more. Ordering takeout. Dining by fire pits. Whatever your comfort level, here’s what’s been going on in Boston’s restaurant world recently, plus a few ways to enjoy some of our region’s best restaurants and bars from both the comfort of your own home and out in the world.
Here’s what you may have missed this week:
Super Bowl Sunday is swiftly approaching — do you have your game day snacks lined up? Check out our guide to local restaurants offering outstanding Super Bowl specials.
The Boston Black Restaurant Challenge is back, encouraging diners to order takeout or delivery from at least one Black-owned restaurant per week throughout February.
Is Valentine’s Day already on your radar? Consider shopping at these local chocolate and flower shops, or ordering takeout from one of these restaurants offering romantic to-go meals.
Colette Bakery in Medford is one of the best dessert spots in the U.S., according to Yelp. (Psst: You don’t want to miss their apple turnovers and kouign-amann.)
Happy anniversary, 67 Degrees! The Franklin microbrewery turns one on Saturday, and to honor the occasion, they’re re-releasing Proximity, a 7.5% double IPA brewed with Calypso, Citra, Cascade, and Mosaic hops. To pair with the celebratory beer, Noms Eatery will be serving Italian beef sandwiches and falafel burgers. Oh, and there will definitely be cake. The brewery opens at noon on Saturday — see you there?
Eating and cooking alone, together:
A couple Mondays ago, I made my way over to Buenas at Bow Market in Somerville to procure some flan. Buenas doesn’t sell flan — they make really, really good empanadas, but not flan — but La Flaneteria, a pop-up from Vanessa Yip, does, and it is phenomenal. Yip sells her flan through a Google form that she links to on Instagram, usually offering a few regular flavors like El Original and Cafecito, plus a couple surprises like Batido de Trigo, which uses puffed wheat to give the flan a Sugar Smacks cereal vibe. Customers pick up their order on Mondays, when Yip hands off full trays (around $25) or slices ($7) of her flan; the trays come with instructions on how to flip the dessert at home, resulting in a liquid caramel pool forming around the custard. The El Original I ordered was truly one of the best flans I’ve had, and luckily for all of us, Yip is going to keep her pop-up at Buenas going for a while. Fill out the latest La Flaneteria form here, with orders available for Feb. 8 plus a special Valentine’s Day pick up on Feb. 13.
What do sneakers and chicken wings have in common? Quite a bit, apparently. Laced Quality Kitchen recently opened within the food court at CambridgeSide, sporting wings, chicken and waffles, and chicken tenders. Behind the venture? Joamil Rodriguez, who owns Laced, a sneaker boutique in downtown Boston. “Streetwear, sneakers, music, and art are the foundation of the Laced youth culture, and the next step for us was to move into the food scene,” Rodriguez recently told Cambridge Day. If you’re in the market for wings on Super Bowl Sunday, give this new spot a try.
Throughout the pandemic, we’ve been extolling the virtues of takeout as a way to support struggling restaurants. In case you need a little nudge, consider Project Takeout a sign. The Boston Globe initiative encourages diners to order takeout from restaurants, ideally directly through their websites or via phone instead of using third-party apps, and has compiled a map of reader favorites while recommending their own go-to spots each week. The next time you order takeout, snap a photo and tag it on social with #ProjectTakeout — our local restaurants will thank you.
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